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Be Careful About Buying AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (NYSE:AMC) For The 5.35% Dividend

Ricardo Crouch

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Over the past 4 years, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc ( NYSE:AMC ) has returned an average of 4.00% per year to shareholders in terms of dividend yield. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at AMC Entertainment Holdings in more detail. View our latest analysis for AMC Entertainment Holdings

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:AMC Historical Dividend Yield Jun 12th 18

Does AMC Entertainment Holdings pass our checks?

AMC Entertainment Holdings has a negative payout ratio, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings. If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view AMC Entertainment Holdings as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record. Relative to peers, AMC Entertainment Holdings generates a yield of 5.35%, which is high for Media stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into AMC Entertainment Holdings’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook : What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AMC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AMC’s outlook.
  2. Valuation : What is AMC worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether AMC is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Dividend Rockstars : Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here .


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.